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Godot Engine awarded Epic Megagrant ($250K)

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  1. hungariantoast
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    $250,000 is more than double what Godot earns on Patreon in a year. Hopefully, this allows the project to meet some of its donation goals early. The next donation goal at $12,100/month is supposed...

    $250,000 is more than double what Godot earns on Patreon in a year. Hopefully, this allows the project to meet some of its donation goals early. The next donation goal at $12,100/month is supposed to allow the project to hire a "generalist to fix bugs and improve usability", with another person supposed to be hired at $15,400/month.

    I wouldn't be surprised at all if they go ahead and hire on another team member before the next goal is reached.

    This is really exciting, to say the least, and just furthers my desire to use Godot for my gamedev projects.

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  2. moocow1452
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    Very curious choice in giving a grant to a competing product since Epic's bread and butter is the Unreal Engine. I guess it's a rising tide situation and they rather have people developing on...

    Very curious choice in giving a grant to a competing product since Epic's bread and butter is the Unreal Engine. I guess it's a rising tide situation and they rather have people developing on things that aren't Unity.

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    mrbig
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    That's awesome. Godot is very promising and they certainly deserve that grant. I kinda wish they forgot 3D and focused on being a super stable platform for 2D games, though. 3D seems to require...

    That's awesome. Godot is very promising and they certainly deserve that grant. I kinda wish they forgot 3D and focused on being a super stable platform for 2D games, though. 3D seems to require too much money for a project of that size. They also should ditch the builtin editor. But maybe I'm just being egoistic, considering only my own needs.

    And even though Godot is "sold" as beginner-friendly, documentation is insufficient and programmers frequently need to mess with the internals to make the engine behave correctly. This is unthinkable for most non-professionals. So I hope they address that.

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      Adys
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      In the open source world, there's about a bazillion high quality 2d game engines. Very, very few even reasonable-quality 3d engines. Anything that improves that state is great.

      I kinda wish they forgot 3D and focused on being a super stable platform for 2D games, though.

      In the open source world, there's about a bazillion high quality 2d game engines. Very, very few even reasonable-quality 3d engines. Anything that improves that state is great.

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      1. mrbig
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        I don't think those engines come with an entire platform like Godot does.

        I don't think those engines come with an entire platform like Godot does.

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      SkewedSideburn
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      Builtin editor is by no means the scale of full-blown IDE's, but it does its job fairly well. There's an option to attach external editor as well, with community plugin for VS Code to connect to...

      Builtin editor is by no means the scale of full-blown IDE's, but it does its job fairly well. There's an option to attach external editor as well, with community plugin for VS Code to connect to language server.

      They also improve the documentation with each release and I haven't had to mess with internals once (I'm guessing you have to if you use gdnative stuff, but that's clearly outside of non-professionals field)

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      1. mrbig
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        I just think it would make more sense to put the effort into making integrations with other tools easier and more complete so people can use whatever they want.

        I just think it would make more sense to put the effort into making integrations with other tools easier and more complete so people can use whatever they want.

  4. SkewedSideburn
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    I am really glad to hear that. Hopefuly that will allow them to hire more people to work on the project. Maybe 4.0 will arrive even faster now...

    I am really glad to hear that. Hopefuly that will allow them to hire more people to work on the project. Maybe 4.0 will arrive even faster now...

    1 vote